Final: LSU basketball now 8-2 in SEC after 88-77 win over Mississippi State _lowres

Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis (3) flips the ball into the basket for two points as LSU forward Aaron Epps (21) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. LSU won 85-67. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

LSU basketball seeks to hang onto its tie for first place in the Southeastern Conference when it hosts rival Alabama on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

A win would give the Tigers their 10th conference win and help boost their NCAA tournament resume.

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